Free Things to do in WeHo this Summer
Who doesn’t love free entertainment, especially on the sultry days and nights of a California summer? West Hollywood, a hotbed for creative talent and a haven for good times, definitely knows the drill. You’ll find lots of fun things to do – from live outdoor music to sweet jam sessions to sexy soirees that will cost you nothing.
Want to get around for free? No problem. Following the success of the WeHo PickUp free trolley, which runs on Santa Monica Boulevard, the Sunset Trip trolley now operates on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Sunset Boulevard.
Summer Sounds Concert Series
Add a little sass to your Sundays with the City of West Hollywood’s Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series at public parks. Upcoming performances include:
July 22: Jungle Fire, which blends funk, Afro and Latin music, will perform at 5 p.m. at Plummer Park.
August 19: A new all-female swing band called The Lady Lucks will start swaying at 5 p.m. at Kings Road Park.
September 16: Vocalist Carol Bach-y-Rita will take the mic at 5 p.m. at Kings Road Park.
Sunset Jam at the Viper Room – 8852 Sunset Blvd.
The renowned Viper Room nightclub has hosted the likes of Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Pearl Jam and Sheryl Crow. At Sunset Jams on Monday nights, the artists’ names might not ring a bell but their musical chops will have you shouting out for more. No cover.
Upstairs at The Rainbow – 9015 Sunset Blvd.
Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio had their first date at the Rainbow Bar and Grill’s dining room (at that time, it was a restaurant called Villa Nova). In the early 1970s, the place revamped and became a magnet for rock super stars and other celebs. Extend your weekend at the upstairs bar’s free DJ night called Metal Mayhem Mondays.
Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky – 8901 Sunset Blvd.
At this weekly Tuesday night jam session, you can listen to classic rock performed by A-listers who’ve backed world-famous rockers – from Madonna’s guitar player to David Lee Roth’s bassist to Cheap Trick’s drummer. Led by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, there are rotating genres and themes, such as Ladies of the ’80s. Get into the groove!
Ready for a real insider’s tip? Come lounge poolside and savor some cutting-edge sounds at Sunset Marquis, the hotel that has hosted Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Blondie, Black Sabbath, The Killers, Chris Cornell, Green Day and more.
The Live@SunsetMarquis Concert Series is designed to find new talent and give back to the entertainment community. The shows start at 7 p.m. Come early, buy a drink and stroll around this hidden garden oasis – you are in for a treat as you peruse a stellar photography collection of rock ’n’ roll legends.
August 3: Ilsey Juber and Andrew Cole with George Pajon Jr.
August 24: Jake Allen and Nadia Lanfranoni
September 7: Andy Allo and Outer Reef
September 21: Emily Warren and Haddon Cord
October 12: TBA
The London’s Mid-Week Melodies
At the London Hotel’s Boxwood on the Roof, relax and enjoy Mid-Week Melodies – live music on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.
Acoustic Showcase at Bar 20
The Grafton’s Bar 20, a guitar-inspired cocktail lounge, features live music from up-and-coming bands about five nights a week.
Art Exhibits & Galleries
If visual art’s your thing, West Hollywood does not disappoint. There are loads of cool galleries and summer is a lovely time to attend an exhibition opening. Also, admission to the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center is always free.
West Hollywood Park, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts division will celebrate the culmination of Jose Dávila’s Sense of Place, the nine-month exhibition that began at West Hollywood Park and moved across the Los Angeles region on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. More Information
Louis Stern Fine Arts, 9002 Melrose Ave.
“London in the 60s: Bernard Cohen, Michael Kidner and Richard Smith” runs July 21 to September 8. More Information
Under the Covers: Book Signings and Sex Talks
Readings at Book Soup – 8818 Sunset Blvd.
Nestled in among the Strip’s hot spots is a book lover’s sanctuary, founded by Glenn Goldman in 1975. Book Soup’s author events calendar is crazy-full. Highlights include:
August 13: Peter Myer’s “Leonardo’s Secret: A Novel Based on the Life of Leonardo Da Vinci”
August 10: Mary Mallory’s “Living with Grace: Life Lessons from American’s Princess”
August 14: Allie Rowbottom’s “Jell-O Girls: A Family History”
September 21: James Frey’s “Katerina”
September 30: Josh Sabarra, with Missy Martinez and Dylan James, for Lambda LitFest 2018
Workshops at The Pleasure Chest – 7733 Santa Monica Blvd.
Learn tips and tricks from the experts. On Sunday, August 5, Miyoko will teach “Intimate Partner Yoga” from 11AM-1PM. Can’t make it? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other classes, whether you’re naturally adventurous or simply curious.